Videos tagged with Friendship

National Service and Life in post-war Hackney

National Service and Life in post-war Hackney

Alex Mitchell speaks in a very positive light about his time doing National Service. He was fortunate to have job where he did not have to train or due guard duty but look after the officers, a 'Back Man' as it used to be called. It was a great atmosphere and he even formed a Skiffle band with some of the other men. Alex also talks about how he met his wife and how she waited for him after until after he finished his National Service when they consequently got married. Alex has always lived in Hackney, East London. He recalls what the area was like in the 60s and 70s and how he used to see the Quay Brothers out and about the place...

Life in Rotherhithe during the 1940s and 50s

Life in Rotherhithe during the 1940s and 50s

In the first part of her interview Vera paints a picture of what everyday street life was like in Rotherhithe during wartime. She describes a vibrant community with streets full of market stalls and vendors, a stark contrast to the empty streets we see today. Vera describes how the butcher would give her free crackling, how her and her friends would meet upstairs in the pie and mash shop to cause havoc and how she used to go to the newsagents to buy snuff for her neighbour... It was a simple way of life but such a lovely community where everyone knew one another and everything you needed could be found on one street. Vera paints a perfect image in our heads of what life used to be like in the area...